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Cam Newton has finally found a new home.

The former MVP will be replacing another MVP, too. Or, at least, he’ll compete for that job.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday night that Newton signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots, putting him in line to potentially replace Tom Brady.

After 20 years in New England, Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Patriots didn’t move quickly to add any significant replacements either in free agency or the NFL Draft. Meanwhile, Newton was released by the Panthers after nine years in the organization — where he led them to a Super Bowl, won an MVP and was a three-time Pro Bowler — to make way for them to sign Teddy Bridgewater earlier this offseason.

Now, those two worlds have collided, and Newton will attempt to rehabilitate his value in perhaps the best possible situation for him.

Newton was a free agent longer than expected, possibly due to his recovery from an injury. He missed most of last season due to a foot injury, but before that he had averaged 3,402 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the previous three seasons.

He’s 31 now and, per Schefter, signed a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the Patriots. He’ll compete with Jarrett Stidham, a fourth-round pick last year, for the starting job, as well as journeyman Brian Hoyer.

MORE FOOTBALL: Former Washington assistant coach Joe Bugel, regarded as one of the top offensive line coaches in NFL history and architect of the team's dominant "Hogs" offensive lines, has died. He was 80.

AUTO RACING: Denny Hamlin topped Kevin Harvick on Sunday night to win the second Cup race of the weekend at Pocono Raceway and flip the result of the opener. His win capped NASCAR's first tripleheader at one track. … Chase Briscoe held off Ross Chastain in overtime to win the crash-filled Xfinity Series at Pocono Racewa. … Brandon Jones won a two-lap sprint to the finish to win the wreck-filled Truck Series race at Pocono Raceway.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: Dustin Poirier won a thrilling unanimous decision over Dan Hooker on Saturday night, surviving a brutal second round and persevering to finish a well-rounded performance in the main event at the UFC's corporate gym in Las Vegas. Mike Perry also ended his two-fight skid with a one-sided unanimous decision over Mickey Gall in the penultimate fight of the UFC's fifth consecutive fan-free event in its hometown.

BASEBALL: Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Edgar Santana will miss all of the abbreviated 2020 season after being suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

HORSE RACING: Officials have lifted a precautionary quarantine on a barn at Belmont Park after test results for a horse suspected of having equine herpesvirus Type 1 were negative.


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